Obama eases rhetoric about Supreme Court on health care
April 3rd, 2012
04:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama eases rhetoric about Supreme Court on health care

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday eased his rhetoric on the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on health care reform but repeated his belief that the justices should follow legal precedent and uphold the law's constitutionality.

His remarks in response to a question at a media luncheon followed criticism by conservatives that the president had leveled a political salvo at the high court a day earlier when commenting on last week's hearings on the 2010 Affordable Care and Prevention Act.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Whatever happened to "no drama Obama," Barry? Huh? Don't make me force you to go get a switch.

    April 3, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. cali girl

    Keep up the fight Mr. President. Healthcare is very important to all of us. Old or young, Sick or Healthy.
    one more and four

    April 3, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    You shouldn't have any contingencies set aside Mr. President. If the SCOTUS overturns the law, then we can push full steam ahead for a single-payor system. At the same time, then you can make the case that the court is a activist court. And you can start out by pointing out the effect the Citizens United ruling has had on this election when you specifically told THEM their ruling was a threat to our democracy.

    April 3, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    Regardless, our bought and paid for corporate wing of the Supreme Court is the very definition of judicial activism.

    April 3, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    The measure is the signature legislation of Obama's first term as he heads into a re-election campaign this year.
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    This is true. It was an over-reaching huge bill that was passed completely by the Democratic Party in back room deals and by a tricky political maneuver known as Reconciliation just after Obama said he wouldn't pass it that way. Now that it is a done deal, certain provisions have been dropped because they could not be justified financially. And still, just 2 years after launch the cost to taxpayers has doubled. The Health Insurance Bureaucracy Act of 2009. His signature legislation?!? OMG ( Obama Must Go ).

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 3, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. diridi

    This Law is a dire need of this Nation.

    April 3, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. David

    One more and four? You got be kidding me. I want this guy impeached!

    April 3, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. David

    He had my vote 3 years ago, but this time around I will vote for anybody on the other side – not because I support the other side, I just want the current president to join the 10% of unemployed. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!

    April 3, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Tony

    Conservatives need to explain these two laws:

    The Second Militia Act of 1792 required every "free able-bodied white male citizen" (It was the 18th Century; slaves were not freed until next century) to arm themselves with a musket, bayonet and belt, two spare flints, a cartridge box with 24 bullets, and a knapsack. This was so that in case of a foreign invasion, they could be conscripted into military service already armed. This was a mandate to acquire arms.

    The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) of 1986 requires hospitals to provide care to anyone needing emergency healthcare treatment regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to pay. This is a mandate for hospitals to sell their emergency services for free, regardless of people's ability to pay.

    If the federal government can mandate people or organizations to buy or sell products and services, what is conservatives' objection to Obama's health care plan?

    April 3, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    So Four, what would replace ACA with?

    April 3, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. IndependentMom

    The low information bloggers are out in numbers today. Amazing how ignorant Conservatives can be! You, Conservatives were also against the following:

    Medicare
    Social Security
    Medicaid
    Civil Rights Act
    Minimum Wage

    Isn't it time the GOP stops being on the wrong side of history?

    April 3, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    It makes me wonder at times exactly who is controlling this country because it sure isn't the American people and it isn't our Government. Think about it.

    April 3, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Jake in Omaha

    ACA is dead. The supreme court will do the official burial in June. Bring on the Tea Party medical plan you know the one that lets the unisured die in the streets. I just love my country. We do for every other nation on earth but are willing to kill our own citizens. rather than have the rich pay a fair tax.

    April 3, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. The REAL TRUTH...

    @David – Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!
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    #1 – you ARE being fooled again. A classic example of the success of the GOP fear-mongering machine. I see that they seem to winning over the clueless. So why do you think you were fooled? If you believe the right, you have been.. again !!
    #2 – you have to have a REASON to impeach a President. Dislike does not suffice.
    It won't matter. The GOP have alienated every group but wealthy males and the likes of you.

    April 3, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Remmi

    Obama is a disgrace to the office and the sooner he leaves the better. He can get back full time to what he excels at as an agitator and divider.

    April 3, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. New Age Independent

    Jake in Omaha

    ACA is dead. The supreme court will do the official burial in June. Bring on the Tea Party medical plan you know the one that lets the unisured die in the streets. I just love my country. We do for every other nation on earth but are willing to kill our own citizens. rather than have the rich pay a fair tax.

    --–

    This is precisely the rhetoric that fails to sway anyone. Completely devoid of facts.

    April 3, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. The REAL TRUTH...

    @Another Day in the Idiot Mines – "So Four, what would replace ACA with?"
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    I think Four would replace ACA with the GOP's YOYO plan.... it's the You're On Your Own plan.
    Somehow it magically saves Medicare (which will be just fine under ACA BTW) via a voucher system – when the vouchers gone, YOYO steps in.
    It will also cure what ails SS by forcing the 99% to individual Wall St. accts which the 1% can then pillage/letch for PROFIT, even tho' the $4.3 TRILLION in US Treasury IOU's would adequately fund SS for the next 100+ yrs.
    SInce SS is currently Govt, they can't touch that treassure WITHOUT privatization.
    So yeah, YOYO sond good. N OT !

    April 3, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. New Age Independent

    IndependentMom

    The low information bloggers are out in numbers today. Amazing how ignorant Conservatives can be! You, Conservatives were also against the following:

    Medicare
    Social Security
    Medicaid
    Civil Rights Act
    Minimum Wage

    Isn't it time the GOP stops being on the wrong side of history?
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    But yet you'd be willing to have the government force you to buy goods and/or services just because they said so? And then fine you if you didnt comply? Of course, you'll say you're fine with it if it comes from a Democrat President. I'd be willing to bet you'd be screaming like a banshee if a Republican Congress and President had such power. Let's be realistic. That kind of power is dangerous for ANY administration, period!

    April 3, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. The REAL TRUTH...

    @Remmi – Obama is a disgrace to the office and the sooner he leaves the better. He can get back full time to what he excels at as an agitator and divider.
    -----------------------------
    YAWN, Zzzzz ... this is your attempt at educated, fact-based discussion of a topic. No wonder you vote GOP!

    April 3, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Wes

    Tony:

    The second Militia Act of 1792 excluded many people. Section II of the Act further exempts a whole host of men, despite fitting the age and fitness requirements, from participating in the militia and therefore the requirement of procuring muskets, bullets, and other such items pertaining to militia service. Specifically exempted from the militia are the Vice-President of the United States, judicial and executive officers, members of the House and Senate, post officers, certain ferry officers and stager drivers to name a few. Moreover, the language of the statute requires to a member of the militia “provide himself” with the list of goods. It is possible that a man could have inherited a musket, bartered for a knapsack, or made his own bullets, and still be in compliance with the Act. In contrast to the Second Militia Act, the health care bill applies to any living breathing person in America (except maybe top Hill staffers) to purchase health insurance. It is unlikely one could inherit, barter, or create one’s own health insurance and avoid the penalty of law.

    EMTALA is a function of the government's spending power. Hospitals don't have to accept federal funds, but if they do, they have to accept the strings that come with them.

    April 3, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. NRC

    I voted for Obama and I think the health care law is a HUGE mistake. Have you been to the DMV the Gov't can't run anything. I believe in health care at the state level. I live in the north east and do not want to pay for California citizens to have health care. That is on the people of CA. For this reason alone Obama has lost my vote, he should have kicked this can a long time ago. It is a horrible mistake and my prediction is that as citizens educate themselves on it more that this will end up costing him the election.

    April 3, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    "ACA is dead. The supreme court will do the official burial in June. Bring on the Tea Party medical plan you know the one that lets the unisured die in the streets. I just love my country. We do for every other nation on earth but are willing to kill our own citizens. rather than have the rich pay a fair tax.

    ––

    This is precisely the rhetoric that fails to sway anyone. Completely devoid of facts."

    Really? The Tea Party's lack of an alternative plan is correctly summarized, since people die needlessly without healthcare. Our nation's shameful record as compared to the rest of the world is also fairly stated. So what's your problem?

    April 3, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |